Some Things to Realize
The Christian must realize that he or she is a child of God, understanding and knowing this, is vitally important. From the position of being a child of God, we wage our warfare; from the place of victory that Jesus Christ placed us. We are not trying to become the children of God, but we are now the children of God. The day that we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and were born again, was the day that we became a child of God. Jesus Christ resisted Satan from His position, as the Son of God. You and I must also resist Satan in like manner, as the children of God; in right standing with God, by faith in Jesus Christ.
John 1:12 But as many as receive him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Galatians 3:26 For ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
* Not every one is a child of God. God is the creator of mankind but he is the Father of only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Jesus told some religious leaders of his day that they were of their father, the devil.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father.
Phillippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Romans 8:15-16 For ye have not received the spirit of
bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry Abba Father.
1 John 3:1-2 Behold what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the
world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
* If you are a Christian, meditate upon these scriptures, speak it from your mouth "I am a child of God" It is not wrong to say what the Bible says, what God says, about you.
a. The child of God1. Is a New Creature
2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.2. Must renew their Minds ( with Godís word )
Romans 12:3 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;3. Present their Bodies
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is
the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye
are not your own?
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek
those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of
Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; (NAS)
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;6. Is a pilgrim here on Earth
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.7. Is a disciple of Jesus Christ
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue inmy word, then are ye my disciples indeed;a. The cost of Discipleship
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 14:26 Anyone who wants to be my follower must love me far more than he does his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters--yes, more than his own life--otherwise he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.8. Realize Jesus as our Mediator our Advocate
* The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:5 that there is only one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. In order for him to be our Mediator, he had to become our High Priest, a Priest that knew what it felt like to suffer the temptations of the flesh and Satan, yet without sin. Because he can identify with us, he can represent us before God as our Advocate ( a lawyer or one who pleads the cause or case of another ) based upon the blood he shed at Calvary for the remission of our sins. The bible says we can come boldly unto the throne room of grace and find help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 )
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I
unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
9. Realize the Headship of Jesus Christ
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Ephesians 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet,
and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
*The Church is not a building or any certain denomination, but is all born again believers, from the day of Pentecost to the 2nd. coming of Jesus Christ. It is the body of Christ, of which he is head ( Ephesians 1:22-23 ). As such, the church is a temple for the habitation of the Holy Spirit ( Ephesians 2:21-23 ) and is espoused, as a chaste virgin to Christ ( 2 Corinthians 11:2-4 ) and will be translated to meet the Lord in the air at his 2nd. coming ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 ).
*The Church meets together locally, under various names and denominations, for the purpose of worship, praise, fellowship, and the teaching and preaching of Godís Word: with its governing body of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, etc. 10. Know that all authority has been given to Jesus Christ
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Ephesians 1:20-22 Which he wrought in Christ, when
he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the
Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (NKJV)
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.11. Realize that Jesus delegated His authority to the church
Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Philippians2:9-10 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted
him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Luke 10:17,19...Lord even the devils are subject unto us through thy Name
Acts 3:6...and Peter said "in the name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk"
Acts 16:18...and Paul said "In the name of Jesus Christ come out of her"13. Realize some of the blessings In Christ
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace though the redemption that is in Christ.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to
them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after
Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ, shall all be made alive.
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always
causeth us to triumph in
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Galatians 2:4 And because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.
Galatians 3:26 For ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heared the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.
Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Colosians 1:12...Giving thanks unto the Father which has
made us meet ( able ) to be partakers of the Inheritance of the saints in
Philippians 3:20-21...For our citizenship is in heaven,
from which also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18...vs.16 ..dead in Christ shall
Hebrews 4:14...Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus Christ the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
James 2:5...Hearken my beloved brethren has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 1:4...To an inheritance uncorrupiitle and undefiled and that fades not away reserved in heaven for you.